Your hair always looks fab in the salon, but once you get home…not the same, right? Want to get that glam style worn by the celebrities at the VMAs, Oscars, and Red Carpet events? Well, follow these steps to get you well on the ways to salon perfect hair EVERY day!
Pussy Cat Dolls at the MTV 2008 VMAs
Wash your troubles away
There’s a reason salon shampoos last a long time: It takes a thorough wash (I recommend shampooing the hair twice, the first shampoo removes the oils and build up – the second shampoo thoroughly cleanses the hair) –and an even more thorough rinse–to get a great look. Translation: No matter how great the cut is, if your locks are gunked up with product, you are–as Frédéric Fekkai would say–Le Screwed. Once you think you’ve rinsed enough, take one more minute to make sure all the dirt and product are down the drain.
Clear the air
It’s hard to style hair effectively in air that feels like New Orleans in August. If your post-shower bathroom is humid, wait 10 minutes before powering up the blow-dryer or take the styling show to another room.
Women tend to overuse styling products to tame their natural texture. Professional products are more concentrated therefore start with a dime-size amount; add more only if you have to.
Pink at the 2008 MTV VMAs
Know your hardware
When it comes to styling tools, your best bet is a boar-bristle brush (my favorite is the Marilyn Tuxedo medium round boar brush, $14). It grips hair well, and the natural bristles help disperse styling products better than synthetic ones. Don’t forget a powerful blow-dryer: at least 1,800 watts will create enough air flow and heat to help products penetrate the hair cuticles and do their stuff.
Christina Aguilera 2008 MTV VMA Awards
Have a blast
Don’t start styling your hair until it’s 80 percent dry (unless it’s curly). The less time you spend tugging at your hair, the less damage you’ll do. Move a blow-dryer around your head, gently tousling the hair with your fingers until it’s only slightly damp. Then, working in sections with the dryer three inches away, blow-dry your hair from the roots to the ends–that will help the cuticles lie flat. When you’re done, flip over and blast the underside for 30 seconds with cool air–instant volume, sister!
Audrina Patridge 2008 MTV VMAs
The last step is the fantastic finish! For hair styling tips, please check out my hairstyling tips page to watch videos on how to create the beautiful loose curls worn by Lauren Conrad and bobs like Hayden Panettiere. If you are looking to recreate the curls worn by Brittney Spears at the 2008 MTV VMAs pick up a 3 Barrel Vidal Sassoon Curling iron. The finish is super easy to recreate (clamping hair roots to end) and result is simply gorgeous!
Taylor Swift & Britney Spears 2008 MTV VMA Awards Award for Best Hair of the Night! Lauren Conrad!
BEST HAIR STYLE OF THE NIGHT GOES TO………..LAUREN CONRAD!